The Joys of Gardening
“A flower doesn’t lose its beauty because weeds mocked it.”
Thanks to all the rain we had earlier this summer, our garden has been an explosion of color—especially the lilies! It’s also been an explosion of weeds. As with everything, we take the good with the bad. However, one bad thing Farmguy and I like to avoid is the use of harsh herbicides, preferring to use natural, organic methods to control overgrowth of grasses and weeds around the farm.
Recently, we discovered a natural alternative to controlling all the unwanted stuff that pops up in the garden and beyond—a simple and easy cocktail of Epsom salt, white vinegar, and dishwashing liquid. This is how it works: the salt as well as the acetic acid in the vinegar draw moisture from the weeds. The dishwashing liquid acts as a surfactant, which is an agent that reduces the surface tension, causing the weed-killing concoction to bead on the leaves—instead of being absorbed by the plant. So, on a warm and sunny day, the results of this homemade spray will be obvious in a matter of hours as weeds turn brown and wither.
Although a good alternative, this natural spray is not built to work its way into the root system and may require multiple treatments to deter hardier weeds. If you’re interested, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe and photos. 🙂
Organic Weed Spray
1 gallon white vinegar
2 cups Epsom salt
1/4 cup dishwashing liquid
Pour Epsom salt into a sprayer. Add vinegar and dishwashing liquid. Shake well. Wait approximately 15-20 minutes for salt to dissolve. Shake well and spray.
*Avoiding overspray on flowers, pick a hot, dry day to spray weeds until saturated, and they will wilt and shrivel up within hours.
An industrious Farmguy mixing the organic weed spray